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613TER PFLLOYD GRISCOM HE wife or daughter of the average man who is conspicuously in the public eye through his prominence in politics, science, art, finance or religion, earns a vaca tion quite as consis tently as the head of the household. It is notable that in the eyes of many prominent women the ideal vacation is one which enables real solitude and S Which embraces, among other things that seclusion which makes it possible for the vacationist to don garb that' is comfortable, without regard to the dictates of fashion. Thus we find Mrs. John D. Rocke feller leading the quietest possible ex istence at Forest Hill, her husband's extensive estate near Cleveland, and Miss Anna Morgan, daughter of the financier, isolating herself at her fa ther's log "camp" in the depths of the Adirondack forest. Our presidential widows are likewise fond of the sim ple life in summer. Mrs. Garfield spends the heated term at her farm at Mentor, Ohio, near the shore of Lake Erie Mrs. Harrison and her daughter take up their abode at a forest lodge on the shore of one of the lakes of the Pulton chain in the north woods and Mrs. Cleveland has as her summer home a quaint farmhouse in New Hampshire, not so many miles distant from the county seat of Mrs. John Hay, widow of the late secretary of state. Mrs! Taft, wife of the president, who was over taken by ill health, a few months after her hus band assumed office, was so benefited at Beverly, Mass., last summer by the sea air and the oppor tunities for complete rest that it is probable that the picturesque north shore of Massachussets will be the summer retreat of the Tafts for some years to come. Here Miss Helen Taft, the only daughter of the family, finds the best of oppor tunities for her pet diversions, tennis and motor ing in an electric runabout which she drives her self. Mrs. Sherman, wife of the vice-president, spends her summers in the big comfortable stone man sion at Utica, N. Y., which has been "home" to the Shermans for so many years, and in the rear of which are the spacious flower gardens which The Lure of the Chicken Chickens were never the fashion till now. Had the chicken ever been the fashion this would be the renaissance, but the present popu larity is without precedent Not only has the chicken been dramatized, as per "Chantecler," but milliners have taken up the plumage right under the noses of the Audubon societies then, also, there is the secretary of agriculture, who "offers the chicken as the perennial lure to the country, where the problem of living, or pure food and plenty of it is to be solved by the cityites as soon as they organize a real hegira to the tall timbers. Even the cold-storage chickenB hanging in rows in the market look more alluring and seem to suggest to you the possibility of boy cotting the beef trust. There is no question about the merits of chickens, the Brooklyn Eagle says. They carry on a successful egg business, a gigantic trust of their own, no competitors and all the world tnr patrons. Their product ner«r to mpfelattted' top an improved article feiveftted b£ *o*i« nfo improves on thtitt- idea, afed sucft roe* staelttag have tbey as ai idea in economic? that they ,«e the chief element in the magnet that lures the city man to the country. Every second man you meet on Broadway will confess he has plans to go to the country some day to make a living out of chickenB. He will grow enthusiastic and unfold the .plans if you /V/SS /VARJOM OJLJVJ&? FLAVt/YG GOLF iMimpmg ©ir are Mrs. Sherman's especial weakness. Mrs. Knox, wife of the secretary of state, usually spends her summer vacation at Valley Forge farm, the premier's splendid country seat and stock farm, a short ride by train from Philadelphia. Mrs. Meyer, wife of the secretary of the navy, is almost as indefatigable a hostess in summer as in winter, for she entertains lavishly at her magnifi cent country seat at Hamilton, Mass. At the town of Marion, in the same state, is the large "cot tage" which is the summer headquarters of the family of Secretary Nagel of the department of commerce and labor. Mrs. Hughes, wife of the man who has made so remarkable a record as governor of New York state, finds her vehicle of supreme summer enjoy ment in her canoe, and the brightest weeks of the year in her estimation are those she and her family spend at a rustic cabin on Upper Saranac lake, little more than a stone's throw from the cottage where Grover Cleveland and his bride spent their honeymoon. The two elder daughters give him half a chance. He knows the name of the breed of chickens he means to raise and he knows the kind of incubator he will buy and he knows about chicken houses and chicken •feed" and no end of detail about scientific chick en business. The chicken dream, the chicken lure has something to answer for, something which never gets into the newspapers. The real chicken dreamer knows just how much money he is going to invest in a chicken colony and then he intends to lie back and let the chickens support him. It is to laugh! "Don't let me prick the chicken bubble," said the city man who has Just sold his chicken farm and come back to town. "I don't mind giving up the facts in the case, for no one with the chicken fever would believe me. Every man has to try it for himself. And it's all right let him. I had fun with chickens for three years tad I've wish to be a. kill-joy. Hardly ever a case chicken fever lasts a city man more than three years. "The gyratory of agriculture and certain rtn dttMs aoctotagy r«cosHMpd otty peftpl* tp -atom to the geuntay and 8*4 tfewa tile 9t sft Itetr SwDbleuss tfte city ee*ttme__ *ith Bettered nerve systems eagerly grasp idea. Now, farming is a business the same as any of the other pursuits in life by which n»en make a living and a certain temperament is re quired to be successful In it, as well as a great deal of patience. Do city people have much par tience? I leave itto you. p)_ /i^TCKULDDODtt EOT PHOTOS C0FV/?ICH7 RY PHOTOS COPY/?/CH7 BY WALDO/1 FAWCFTT. no of lots the ua srm HUG/f&. 'D DAi/mrr/% 771EJRCAJYO£ in the Hughes household inherit their fondness for this fascinating form of Other prominent women who are partial life of the mountain lakes include Mrs. Woodruff, wife of the New York politician, Mrs. Victor Herbert, wife of the musical composer, and Mrs. Whitelaw Reid, who is usually ready to forsake one of the most attractive country seats in England for an intervals among the pines at Camp Wild Air. There are not a few women whose fondness for favorite outdoor sport serves to, itself, map out their summer program—sending them to the lo calities where the, chosen form of athletics may best be enjoyed. By way of illustration, there might be cited the hold which golf exerts upon Miss Marion Oliver, daughter of the assistant sec retary of war, and upon Miss Frances Griscom, the sister of Lloyd Griscom, the well-known dip lomat and politician. The former of these young ladies is an aspirant for the golf championship of the United States, and the latter has already been a title holder. Similarly It is suspected that Mrs. Alice Roose velt Longworth would go in for aeronautics did not her husband rather frown on her ambitions for sky sailing. Miss Katherine Elkins, daughter of the senator from West Virginia, is correspond ingly zealous as a horsewoman, and has been known to give up an entire season to attending one open-air horse show after another, usually as an entrant in the classes for ladies' hunters. Miss Elkins is also an enthusiast on the subject of blooded dogs and has personally donated cups and other trophies as prizes in competitive classes at various dog shows. "It takes a considerable amount of practical knowledge that farmers have to be born with, a kind of traditional information that never gets into the query column nor any other column of the agricultural periodicals. This knowledge may possibly be included in theoretical farming, but I have never found it there. It's what keeps the city man from succeeding in the country. '"He knows where he can get $5 a dozen for squabs and 60 cents a dozen for eggs and $1 a pound for butter and $3 a pair for broilers all the year round. It sounds pretty good. It isn't the first business proposition that has figured out finely on paper. Now the farmer rarely figures. He saws wood, gets up at 4 a. m. and does the beBt he can. He 1B not an enthusiast, and there's a pretty good reaeon for it. "The farmer is a patient man. He doesn't dresB up much and, without meaning to speak disparagingly, he eats what he can't sell. CJty people who live in the country sell what they cast eat. The farmer is obliged to live frugally in order to make both ends meet. By the the city man gets through eating and entertain, ing his" friends there is nothing left He knows too wefl what good living Is." A*DELICATE 8ITUATION. Hiram—Dickson's gal has took to writin' spring poetry. Siram—-Waal, ain't they haviij' nothin' dona for berl THOUSANDSless mother's boating, to the Timothy &mo or jit c87vaGn2?y czma. of Americans are now engaged in a bigger task, in one sense at least, though calling for physical labor,, then the digging of the Pana ma canal They are making a new sea. Already the work is practically completed and the new American sea, or as it might better be called, the American Mediterranean, is as clear ly defined as a body of water bounded in part by another body of water can be. Seas entirely surrounded by water are not unknown, as for example the Caribbean sea, which with the coming of the new one, of which it is a part, will achieve the distinction of being a sea within a sea within a sea. The new sea which Americans have pre empted will, however, have more def inite limits than the Caribbean. It reaches from the lily-fielded Bermudas on the north, from which come every Easter millions of blossoms, to the northern coast of South America on the south, and from the coast of the United States and Mexico on the west to the eastern boundary of the West Indies on the east. That in brief is the extent of the American Mediterranean, which approximates in area that of its European prede cessor, whose popularity, among Americans at least, it is rapidly usurping. The parallel, indeed, is striking. Just as the Mediterranean is Europe's winter playground, so is the new sea that of America. Like the Mediter ranean, its waters are warm and blue. The civilization of its islands is both ancient and modern. And correspond ing to the Riviera is the Florida coast. In many respects the new sea far sur passes its older rival. Its innumerable islands make it a most alluring cruis ing ground, while the attractions for the sportsman are unsurpassed. Ro mance, too, is everywhere. The making, or pre-empting, of this new sea has not, of course, come by way of treaty or seizure. Its accom plishment has been largely social Whether or not Cuba is ever actually annexed to the United States, the fact remains that socially speaking the whole of the West Indies has already been annexed and pre-empted. In this annexation was laid the beginning of the movement which, through the en-, thusiasm of yachtsmen, tourists and permanent winter visitors, has re suited in the creation of the new sea. For its achievement a large share of credit must naturally go to yachts men, since they in the the role of Ar gonauts first appreciated the attrac tions offered. Ten or a dozen years ago nine out of every ten persons owning yachts big enough to make the passage made a European win ter cruise. Now four-fifths at least go to the new American Mediterrane an, and while it is an almost daily occurrence to read that Mr. So and So has sailed on his yacht with a party of friends for a cruise in these waters, the report of a clearance for Europe 1B rapidly becoming a rarity. The annual race of power boats from New York to Bermuda has had a marked effect on the trend of winter cruising. At any rate it is estimated on good authority that more than ten million dollars is spent every winter in such cruises by New York yacht owners alone. Of course not every one can visit the new sea in his own private yacfit, since the cost of such a cruise may wary from $2,000 to $50,000 or $75,000, depending on the size of the boat'And the length of the cruise, for of all costly luxuries the steam yacht Is certainly entitled to first ptaoe. As a result has come a new and novel development which has been called the "co-operative" yacht, by means of which a persoq who neither owns a yacht himself nor Is acquaint •d with anyone who does «nn his winter cruise to the American Mediterranean under conditions of comfort and safety superior even t* those enjoyed by the owner of the largest yacht afloat. And this, too, at only a very small fraction of the cost. This new achievement is made possible by several of the largest Trans-Atlantic steamship lines having adopted the practice of diverting from their regular winter service one or more of their largest boats to be used for winter cruises of two weeks to the waters of theWest Indies. The cruises are not a mad dash from point to point, but cruises in every sense of the word, just as one would make them in a yacht. Next to visitors of this class come the owners of small sail boats who may elect to put in the whole winter making various short cruises from a fixed base. They, of course, see only a small part of the territory, but are nevertheless extremely numerous, their small white sails always dotting the horizon. Society, too, has made the Ameri can Meditteranean with its center at Havana a fixture, and in so doing brought about a queer reversal of af fairs. Years ago Saratoga springs during the summer was the mecca of wealthy Cuban visitors who came to take the waters and for the horse racing and gaming of all descriptions which then flourished unrestricted. Now a Cuban in Saratoga is a rarity, and instead American society is go ing each winter in rapidly increasing numbers to Cuba and other islands, where, as well as at the Panama canal, numbers of new hotels of the most modern kind are being built. When it comes down to the ro mantic atmosphere the visitor to the American Mediterranean need con cede nothing to the European trav eler. He finds it in chunks. The climate, the palms, the lure of the pearl fisheries and the lithe brown divers, the mysteries of Voodoo wor ship and its weird rites, traditions of pirates and buried gold, all these fur nish enough romance to satisfy even the most demanding. And as has been said, the whole aVea is literally a sportsman's paradise. Even the en thusiastic baseball fan can see the great American game played by ex. perts. Aside from the communal wintei cruises, the Panama canal has un doubtedly had a marked effect in drawing Americans to the winter playground. Indeed, in one sense it has achieved the result which caused consternation on the part of a certain man, who, on being told that the Pa cific ocean was lower than the At lantic, immediately demanded that the digging of the canal be stopped at once lest on its completion the whole Atlantic would be sucked through in to the Pacific. It is in part due to the concentration of interest in the canal zone in particular, and the ad-, jacent territory in general, that BO many visitors have been drawn to the American Mediterranean. Indeed, it now seems certain that before long the effect of this drawing power will be felt in Europe with the result that it will be to the American and not to the European Mediterranean that many foreigners will make the winter cruises which are proving so popu. lar here. ARNOLD KET.T.TCTT A Theory. "Infant prodigies are hard to an dersta*a," said the man who is eas ily in^resped. "I dont think se," replied Mi* Cayenne. "As a rule they are simply young people with highly imaginative parents." Of course, you understand ther* wouldn't be so much bargain-counter advice floating around if It wert really worth anything.